During an undercover stint it is discovered that Hóng Xiǎo Dōng turns back into Hóng Xīdōng upon hearing Zhāng Xiǎntíng’s ringtone. The relationship between the two reincarnations also improved by leaps and bounds and the two Imperial Guards have been somewhat modernised.
In the last episode there was a lot of action. This episode deals with the consequences of that by way of clients no longer wanting to associate with Hóng Xiǎo Dōng’s agency. The Director they were looking into is to blame. Poor Mò Hán, she tries so hard and nothing ever seems to go her way. Even the Imperial Guards try to leave, so as not to be a burden. Thankfully, with a little help from Zhū Kě Shàng, and reminding Péng Zé of his promise to train her, she convinces them to stay.
She’s so sweet to them! Knowing that the Imperial Guards are looking for the luminous pearl she suggests that it may be featured at an World Historical Jewelery Exhibition. She also calls a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner for them because it’s what they’ll be used to. And finally we get to see Hóng Xiǎo Dōng not be so condescending to her!
Zhāng Xiǎntíng remains the worst investigative journalist. Her bug isn’t even installed correctly before she gets skittish and flees. Aside from that, reporting on a jewelery exhibition is the crux of her role. She attempts to move in but without success.
We get to see Xiào Tiān taking charge! And it’s clear why this doesn’t happen more often. His idea of striking pre-emptively and trying to take back the Nine Turn Luminous Night Pearl is terrible but Péng Zé agrees that action needs to be taken. I really like that this episode concentrates more on these two. It fleshes them out more. For instance, we get to see that Péng Zé has an interest in astronomy.
Hóng Xiǎo Dōng is back to working on the Director, not letting his underhand tactics get him down. Doing so, we’re briefly introduced to a hacker under the pseudonym of Shén Lóng. Yes, that is a reference to Dragon Ball. And he’s still making himself a nuisance to Zhāng Xiǎntíng. However, even though he’s still a little bit coarse it’s really good to see him openly concerned for the other characters.
It’s a shame that they didn’t end the episode on that. It would have been really poignant but I’m relieved that they didn’t stuff it full of unnecessary scenes.
This episode really gets the series back on track. I’m prepared to forgive a lot of my misgivings. Almost everything is hundreds of times better. The episode is a lot tighter with a lot less extraneous scenes. We have drama in this episode! A gas leak catches the Imperial Guards off-guard. And it’s really well executed too!
Even though things are better in many ways, however, the misogyny returns. Péng Zé and Xiào Tiān are given magazines by Hóng Xiǎo Dōng full of images of scantily clad women. In what’s meant to be comedic fashion the two get nose bleeds. Zhāng Xiǎntíng also experiences this. Being seen by people while under attack yesterday she gets into trouble with her boss. Not happy with the negative press, he threatens to have her wear a bikini to report the news.
Objectification is not fun!
Objectification is not a joke!
This is so unfair. I want to apologise to my male and female readers. This show treats both of you so terribly.